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Old November 24th, 2018, 03:37 PM
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Totally new to oldsmobiles. I was in the market for a project car and came across a 71 Cutlass S in need of some serious tlc. I love the style of these cars. Not in running condition yet and needs bodywork and paint among other things but that's all part of the fun. Thanks for providing a great place for info on these cars!
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Old November 24th, 2018, 04:11 PM
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Welcome to the World of Oldsmobile... You will definitely find some of the best information available for your 71 Cutlass S here on this forum... Now how about showing us this new project you are preparing to accomplish...
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Old November 24th, 2018, 08:06 PM
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Ah, another Oregonian! Welcome to the site! Congrats on the new toy, please post some pictures when you have time. I'm down in Medford and have a pretty good stash of spare parts, and a fair amount of experience taking Oldsmobiles apart! Any questions that come up along the way post them and likely someone here can walk you through it.

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Old November 25th, 2018, 08:13 AM
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Welcome, lets see it.
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Old November 25th, 2018, 01:55 PM
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I'll be picking the car up tomorrow but I've got a few pics so far. What do you think, 20min, a wire brush and some spray paint and this thing will be as good as new?







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Old November 25th, 2018, 02:09 PM
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Yes, it looks like a good car to start with.
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Old November 25th, 2018, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Natedawg View Post
I'll be picking the car up tomorrow but I've got a few pics so far. What do you think, 20min, a wire brush and some spray paint and this thing will be as good as new?
Now that is optimism... With an outlook like that it won't take you long to get to your end result... Good luck with your project... Keep us posted on the progress...
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Old November 25th, 2018, 07:51 PM
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Thanks for the welcome everyone! I'm sure I will have plenty of questions, I'm going to rest this evening after the holiday before starting to formulate a plan. John, thats great your here in Oregon also, when I get this thing operational I may make a trip. - Nathan
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Old November 26th, 2018, 07:43 AM
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What did you drive before? Any idea why it doesn't run?
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Old November 26th, 2018, 08:13 AM
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Welcome Natedawg! I'm a newb to the Olds as well but this forum teaches you ton. Good luck and enjoy!!
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I like the Old School look.... Welcome to the world of Oldsmobile....
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Old November 26th, 2018, 02:19 PM
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looks like a good project to start on.id start with that den of snakes they have for a wire harness
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Old November 26th, 2018, 03:34 PM
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The tail lights are 1972, don't know about the grills...
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Old November 28th, 2018, 06:48 AM
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Nice purchase! Looks like has great potential. I don't see any need for restoration, personally. Wish mine looked like that
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Originally Posted by Oldsmaniac View Post
The tail lights are 1972, don't know about the grills...
Upper taillights are '72, lowers are '71. Front grill is '72, headlight bezels are '71.

Looks like a fun project!
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Wow, am I late on replying or what? Over the last couple months I have dealt with catastrophic failures on my daily drivers, what fantastic timing! Transmission finally fails on the xterra and the burb blows its differential, among a string of other car problems all at once. At least I am soaking up the bad luck for everyone else within a 50 mile radius. VI Cutty, great info on the mismatched parts, this will definitely help on getting it back together and finding the right parts. On a positive note, I got it fired up a couple days ago! After I pulled out a bunch of random wires, searched for shorts with a meter, changed the oil, plugs, and battery, hooked up some gauges, drained the gas, hand cranked the engine, put some oil in the cylinders, primed the engine, installed a fan control stat, etc, etc, etc, it fired right up. I've got a few bugs to work out before I will let it roll down the road for a test drive. I am still planning my attack, my list of wants and my grip on my wallet are not agreeing with each other.
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Excellent! Good work, keep us posted.
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